4 tips for creating the perfect fluffy pizza crust at home

Crusts can be thin, crispy, thick, or even cheese-filled, depending on the diners' specific tastes. If you're the kind of pizza eater that loves light and fluffy pizza crusts, there are some easy steps you can follow to create the perfect crust. Here are four tips.

4 tips for creating the perfect fluffy pizza crust at home

1. Do not mix in the oil

  • Nearly all traditional pizza crusts have similar ingredients — flour, yeast, water, sugar, salt, and oil.
  • However, if you want your pizza dough to be sufficiently fluffy, which happens when yeast and sugar interact and begin to rise, you should leave the oil out of the mixture of the ingredients.
  • Instead, mix together your dough's ingredients, then let it sit in a bowl full of oil while it rises.
  • This allows the flour to hydrate properly without the oil getting in the way, resulting in a fluffy, risen crust.

2. Add a little honey

  • If you want your pizza crust to look golden and browned without over-baking, a trick is to add a tablespoon or two of honey to the dough mixture while you are mixing it.
  • Honey will not only give the dough a light golden colour, it will also add to the sugar that the yeast can feed off of.

3. Use a pizza stone

  • Pizza stones are the most effective way to bake the perfect pizza crust in your home oven.
  • Pizza stones help crusts cook evenly across the bottom, so you have a perfectly-cooked and easy to handle crust when you're done.
  • A pizza stone helps preserve the texture of the fluffy dough that you put onto it, even as it cooks in the oven.

4. Cook with room temperature dough

  • A mistake many people make when making a pizza dough is rolling out and cooking the pizza dough while the dough is still cold.
  • If you're making a pizza, make sure the dough gets to room temperature before you begin.
  • Room temperature dough is the easiest to stretch and shape, and it makes it easy to ensure you're making an even, thick enough crust with the delicious air bubbles from the yeast that help make the crust stay fluffy.

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